Our people are at the core of what makes our group such a unique and fulfilling place to work. We’re proud of the diversity of our team, with each member contributing their unique skills to the projects we’re working on. Together, we’ve planned and executed some of the most innovative and cutting edge experiments. Find out more about our team members below.


Group leader

Dr Choi is Assistant Professor of the Geotechnical Group in the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Hong Kong. He is a Board Member of the International Consortium of Landslides of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Chair-nominated Member of the Technical Committee on Slope Stability (TC208) of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), Hong Kong nominated representative for the Joint Technical Committee (JTC1) on natural slopes and landslides, founding and current chair of the Debris Flow and Steep Creek Hazards Mitigation Committee of the Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP), and an invited expert scientist on the One Belt One Road Mountain Disaster Dynamics and Integrated Prevention team of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is also an Editor and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Landslides. Clarence received the 2017 Telford Premium Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers in the U.K., the 2017 R.M. Quigley Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Fugro Paper Prize from the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 2015. Dr Choi was appointed a Junior Fellow of the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study from 2015 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2019. He was also appointed as an individual member to the class of 2019 of the Chinese Association of Young Scientists and Technologists (第六届中国青年科技工作者协会). 


Postdoctoral fellow

Dr Nikooei obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. His research interests are in the computational modelling of flow-like landslides using the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) method and the mitigation of landslide hazards.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Du obtained his BSc in Hydraulic Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2009, and his MSc and PhD degrees in Geotechnical Engineering from Tsinghua University, in 2011 and 2020, respectively. He also studied at MIT as a joint PhD student.


PhD Student

Mr. Yu obtained his Masters from the University of Sydney. His research is on submarine landslides mechanisms.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Goodwin obtained his PhD from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowship during his studies and was also awarded the Telford Premium Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers in UK. His research areas include flow-structure interaction and understanding the mesoscopic mechanics of granular flows.


PhD Student

Pengjia graduated top of his class at Sichuan University. His PhD work focuses on entrainment dynamics of flow-like landslides.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Zhang obtained his PhD from Shandong University and received numerous national awards for his research. He is an expert at implementing coupled numerical analysis and transparent soil techniques for geomechanics.


PhD Student

Zhengyu obtained his MSc from Central South University. His research is on numerical modelling of flow-like geohazards using SPH-DEM. He is also interested in applying machine learning techniques to enhance image analysis in geomechanics.


PhD Student

Jiaxu obtained his Master's degree from Dalian University of Technology with first-class academic standings and received numerous academic awards and scholarships. He is working on the interdisciplinary exploration of machine learning and geotechnical engineering, which includes deep learning algorithms.


MPhil Student

Timothy graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a BEng in Civil Engineering. He worked as a geotechnical engineer at Fugro with a focus on slope engineering. His research is on revealing scaling principles for modelling submarine landslides.

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